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Christopher's family
Casual labour
Standard Uganda
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2nd Payment
Transfer Amount
1660300 UGX ($448 USD)
access_time 5 years ago
How is your life different than it would have been if you never received the transfer?
The current change in my life is that, I am now healthy because, I feed well and I have less stress. Before receiving this cash transfer, I used to do more of casual work that was not even able to sustain my family's daily needs.
In your opinion, what does GiveDirectly do well, and what does it not do well?
GiveDirectly has done well to give me cash transfer that I spent for building my house. It's very expensive to main a grass tahtched house and so receiving this money was a blessing to me. I do not see what GiveDirectly has not done well.
What did you spend your second transfer on?
I spent my second cash transfer for paying a debt for money I had borrowed in order to pay bride price for my son. It is our customary practice to pay pride price to the girl's parents as appreciation. I bought cement for plastering my house, I bought a mattress in order to improve on my living conditions and the rest I spent on feeding.
Initial Payment
Transfer Amount
1728300 UGX ($471 USD)
access_time over 5 years ago
Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I feel proud because I have a house that I call my own. I never ever thought that I could ever build an iron roofed house. I was sleeping in a dillapidated grass thatched house with worries that it would collapse on me one day.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I remember hearing people ululating and shouting on top of their voices that GiveDirectly had sent them money. I was also compelled to switch on my phone to check if indeed it was true. At that moment I felt very happy and overwhelmed with joy.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent my first transfer to pay off a debt of UGX300,000 and to purchase a cow worth UGX250,000. I spent UGX1,150,000 to buy bricks, iron sheets and to pay the builders.
access_time over 5 years ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
Receiving this money means that I will be able to build my house, purchase some bulls and basically other household items.
What is the happiest part of your day?
The happiest part of the day is especially in the evening because I get to know that the day has gone on peacefully without any problem.
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
The biggest hardship is that I always find difficulties in walking since my left leg always pains which limits me at times to find other ways of surviving.